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S Korea concerned over US killings

South Korea hoped there would be no backlash against Koreans in the US.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2007 16:29 IST

South Korea on Wednesday hoped there would be no backlash against Koreans in the US following a university massacre blamed on a South Korean student.

A senior official expressed the concern even as President Roh Moo Hyun expressed shock over the Monday tragedy in the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the town of Blacksburg.

According to DPA, the South Korean government said Wednesday it would work out measures to prevent any harassment of South Koreans in the US.

"The government will work out measures to prevent a backlash on South Koreans living in the US and minimize the impact on the South Korea-US alliance," an official was quoted as saying by the national news agency Yonhap.

South Korean Cho Seung Hui went on a shooting spree in the university, killing 32 people before shooting himself dead.

Cho had moved to the US with his family at the age of 8 and lived in a Virginia suburb of Washington. Fifteen people were also injured in the shooting, the deadliest in US history

President Roh Wednesday expressed the hope that the Korean-American community and all US citizens would overcome their grief.

"I and the entire South Korean nation were severely shocked by the tragic incident at Virginia Tech," Roh told reporters here after meeting visiting Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

Roh also met Wednesday his aides and Foreign Minister Song Min Soon to discuss measures to deal with any fallout over the massacre.

On behalf of all South Koreans, Roh expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the shooting. "We feel a deep bitterness."

First Published: Apr 18, 2007 16:25 IST